By Steve Pope | August 22, 2018
After receiving an Aug. 16 request from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Diocese of Pittsburgh said in a news release Wednesday that Wuerl’s name will removed from the school’s sign.
“The board of directors of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and the board of Catholic High Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc. (CHSDOP) have accepted the request of Cardinal Donald Wuerl to remove his name from the high school,” the release said.
In his letter Wuerl said he was acting in the best interests of the school’s students family and faculty in asking that his name be removed.
“In light of the circumstances today and lest we in any way detract from the purpose of Catholic education…I respectfully ask you to remove my name from it. In this way, there should be no distraction from the great success of the school and, most importantly, the reason for the school — the students,” he wrote.
On Aug. 17 the board of North Catholic High School voted to accept the request.
Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik also agreed to the change saying, “My concern is first, foremost and always for the students, that nothing overshadows their Catholic education.”
A scathing grand jury report on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church throughout Pennsylvania released last week, mentions Wuerl 200 times. The report alleges that Wuerl allowed priests that were accused of sexual abuse to remain at their assignments.
On Monday vandals using red paint covered up Wuerl’s name on the sign. As of Tuesday close to 7,000 people have signed an online petition calling for his name to be removed.
Wuerl has issued several statements over the past week saying he acted appropriately when he was made aware of clergy members being accused of abusing children.
No date has been set when Wuerl’s name will be removed.
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